Creative Spaces began as a database designed to locate affordable and available spaces in the Melbourne CBD. It was initiated by the City of Melbourne to provide an online resource to identify spaces suitable for cultural production in the city.
In 2006 Arts Victoria contributed funds to expand the scope of the database to include spaces in inner metropolitan Melbourne and then again in 2007 to include outer metropolitan Melbourne. In 2008 the partnership with Arts Victoria and RMIT’s Design Research Institute, resulted in the creation of a stand-alone website that included creative spaces across Victoria.
As use of the website increased so too did demand for its services. Creative Spaces was contacted by artists and venue managers across Australia and internationally wishing to licence the website for their own territories. In 2011 Creative Spaces successfully trialled new functionality for the website that could support a national roll-out.
In 2012 the City of Sydney became the first licensee of the Creative Spaces Website in order to promote the website’s use in Sydney and to provide support to local users. In 2014, Brisbane City Council became the second interstate licensee, taking advantage of the Creative Spaces Website to help the city's creative practitioners connect with the wide range of creative spaces on offer.
Creative Spaces is currently discussing licence arrangements with Capital City Councils and State Government Arts funding bodies across Australia.